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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sun Jun 10, 2007 5:04 pm

Vos, I stayed in a 4 man budget tent and it was great.
Each tent has its own elevated braai area and I had fantastic views of the river bed.

The ablutions were really close, and spotless.

I even think each tent has its own baboon.
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Unread post by vos » Mon Jun 11, 2007 10:56 am

Thanx to Monne, Bush Babtist, RosemaryH and Meandering Mouse for your comments.
We stayed in No 22 for two nights and simply had a fantastic time. The view, the bird-life, the trees and bush inside the camp, the sounds at night and the atmosphere made this an unforgettable experience. The friendly staff & the clean ablutions was a bonus.
The first night alone we heard hyena, jackal, lion and zebra calling. We had an hyena at the fence and later a fight in the riverbed which we thought were hyena. I grabbed my light and saw two figures near the far side of the riverbed. They moved like hyena but were very dark. Brown Hyena or Aardwolf?? These are so rare that I doubt it. Was exciting though.
On returning from out first day out at about 5 o'clock, 100 meters from the gate, a male leopard crossed the road and after seeing it move through the bush for a short while, it disappeared into the bush.
This is now one of my favourite camps in Kruger.

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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:21 pm

Hi NatyP,

If you walk west on the 'path' from tent no 1, i.e. away from number 2, you get to the hide in about 50 metres. I have never found anything there except for a lonely saddle billed stork. They need to do serious 'gardening' in front of the hide. It is not well placed unfortunately.

The honey badger is seen at night sometimes when raiding bins. It is a very dangerous animal, and often fights off lion and leopard, so keep well away from it if you are lucky enough to see it.
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Unread post by giraffee » Mon Jul 30, 2007 12:31 pm

We stayed in Tamboti for the very first time :redface: , two weeks ago.
Stayed in No 23. Very very nice. However 23 have clear view of No 22, and vice versus. It would be ideal for 2 groups of friends to stay together in the two tents.

All I can say is, magic magic magic MAGIC :mrgreen: .
What a blast.
Wish there were more tented camps like Tamboti within the same price range as well.

PS. -Each bed have two nice woolly blankets and we found that more that enough.

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Unread post by katydownunder » Sun Sep 23, 2007 10:29 am

Hi DianevdL!

We stayed at Tamboti always in tent #40.It is right at the end of the fence and leaving the side windows of your tent open you really got the feeling as if you were sleeping right in the middle of the bush. If you are staying for the first time it might be a little bit scary to be in pitch darkness and hear all the sounds of the bush (believe me I know what I am talking about :wink: ) .
We love #40 , but I am convinced that you got a great view from the tents.
The last time we had a little furry visitor as well. Not with a Sweet tooth, but he/she was fond of our rice supplies. So store away all your food even the dry things.Everything that is not mice proof :wink: .

Have a great stay and enjoy Kruger.

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Unread post by gwendolen » Sun Dec 16, 2007 9:37 pm

Hi Steve,

All tents have their own braai on the deck. The tents are very private, however you might want to contact Orpen and ask if you may have number 40 at Tamboti, which is on the corner. If you mention you are on honeymoon, you might get lucky. :D

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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:25 am

I stayed in Tent number 2 in October. If you want to be close to the ablutions, try rather for number 5 upwards.
I have also stayed in in 5 or 6 and that was extremely pleasant.
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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Sat Apr 19, 2008 3:02 pm

Nos 9 & 10 are the closest to the ablution blocks, I think.
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Unread post by ndloti » Mon Apr 21, 2008 3:29 pm

Just to refresh the memories , pic taken from tent 40 , Dec 2007.

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Unread post by Foxy » Thu May 01, 2008 9:59 pm

21 and 22 were our favourite tents with view onto river and not too far from the ablutions. Watched a leopard playing around in the river from those 2 tents one afternoon for over and hour.

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Unread post by ndloti » Wed May 21, 2008 8:00 am

Rusky :
Tents have individual braais , they are wood and charcoal burning , I would recommend buying both at the shop at Orpen which is about 3 km away , as the wood supplied is very hard and difficult to light . Firelighters may not supply enough heat to get the wood burning , I have found charcoal to be a good woodfire starter .
You have made an excellent choice in Tambotie .
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Re: Tamboti privacy /Braai facilities

Unread post by Mgoddard » Sat May 24, 2008 1:01 pm

Well, further to my previous post I have to tell you that we stayed at Tamboti during April....and it was hot....the fan did not make much difference and although its my favorite camp we have now decided to change our celebrations from here to LSabie :( , huts with airconditioning.... :D but, for those interested in planning a celebration or family gathering at Tamboit here are a few pics of the boma ....(still wish we could do it here) :( but, SO must also be comfortable, not just me being in the bush :D its situated on the road as you come in through the gate on the right hand side...very quiet, out of the way and you feel like you are right in the bush :D

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Unread post by Fanta » Thu Jun 12, 2008 11:58 am

We stayed in tents 9 - 11 in February this year and had a nice view of the dry riverbed. Had the baboons walking past every morning and late afternoon. You can call Orpen camp with your reservation number.

The tents (9 -11) were also close the blocks but my brother (who stayed in no 9) said that people going to bathroom tend smack their car doors closed in the middle of the night. It very peaceful, heard lions and hyaenas. Pitty the "birdhide" view is overgrown with reeds with nothing walking or flying past even! :( Also look out for the bushbucks in the camp and I hear there is a honey badger that stays in the camp aera.

Over all it is great camp. Look out for the black-backed jackals that live on the roads leading to Orpen and Tamboti/Maroela. My brother saw Wilddogs the one morning so I geuss either it was a pack travelling through or that stays in the aera. I wasn't so lucky! 8)
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Unread post by rusky » Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:32 pm

p@m wrote:Hi Stephan and Junita -- the Timbavati is dry.
Sure some-one will post a pic of the tent for you :D


Yep, the river is dry.....but we still had giraffe and impala on the far bank, plus animals at night. Because it is dry there are great sightings near the waterholes - Leeubron, Rabelais, N'semani - just plonk yourself near one with you brekkie, binocs, book and it unfolds for you.
We stayed in tent 22 which was great. These r the ones without ablutions but they r just a stroll away. 18-22 according to me have the best viewing (in the non luxury section which is 31-40)- the bend in the river. I have some good photos of the tent which will be posted in my trip report eventually - see Ruskys Kruger Ramble.
2 pax tents : 2, 4, 8, 9, 12, 14-17, 20, 24,25,27,29
4 pax tents: the rest
Luxury; 2-3 pax 31-40
BTW all this is on the map on the website - do to the map section

We thought Tamboti was the best - quieter. secluded and yet conveniently located.
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Unread post by rusky » Fri Jun 27, 2008 6:53 am

Just some pics of the CTT4 tents
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